Update: Head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media about Browns’ release following Thursday’s practice.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released wide receiver Antonio Brown on Thursday, officially ending the wideout’s tenure with the reigning Super Bowl champions. This comes off a tumultuous week following Brown’s bizarre departure from last Sunday’s game at the New York Jets, one that prompted head coach Brue Arians to declare that he is “no longer a Buc” afterwards.
Following the incident, Brown took to social media and accused the Tampa Bay head coach of pressuring him to play on an injured ankle. He, along with his agent Sean Burstyn, released an official statement on Wednesday detailing these allegations toward Arians and the organization.
The team rebuffed Brown’s claims in their official statement of his release on Thursday afternoon.
It is unclear if this will officially mark the end of the weeklong drama between the two camps or if it is merely the next chapter of it. The Buccaneers close the regular season against the Panthers on Sunday while Brown will now go through waivers.